Our members can submit their work for feedback by uploading images to our private forum. Instructors respond with detailed written feedback, including diagrammed overlays on top of the artwork whenever needed. Each member receives plenty of support and encouragement as they work through this challenging course.
Our teaching style is positive, precise, and encouraging. We are committed to helping our members reach their highest artistic goals through our personal mentoring.
"I love how the material is presented (a combination of both video and written material). And it is well organized. I appreciate how everything is building towards a deeper understanding of the fundamentals. The feedback has been invaluable. [The Instructor's] comments have been very helpful and encouraging. I often regretted not attending a fine arts program at university. This course fills in what I thought that I was missing. It is exactly what I have been looking for and I don't have to leave my home (with all the added expenses that come with that) and I can work at my own pace. My only regret is that I didn't come across this program sooner."
~ 2021 Online Atelier Feedback Member Brenda H.~
Members work at their own pace and on their own schedule. There is no requirement to upload work every week.
Memberships can be paused and re-started with an easy click on the Account page.
Every lesson is presented as text, video, diagrams, and finished examples to make the instructions accessible to every learning style.
Sequence of Study
As a classical atelier, we teach drawing before painting., because drawing from classical sculpture produced the greatest painters of art history, from Michelangelo to Sargent.
All our students to start with Intro to Classical Drawing, which prepares students of all levels for starting their first Bargue plate and cast drawing.
Some painters may feel reluctant to focus on drawing. But students who devote six months exclusively to the drawing courses find that when they return to painting their painting abilities have advanced significantly, far more so than if they had devoted that time to painting alone.
For those new to art classes, classical drawing is an excellent foundation for embarking on a lifelong study of art.
Length of Study
Students and artists of all levels see dramatic improvement within the first two months of study due to the rigorous and precise nature of this classical program.
For those who can devote 10-20 hours per week year-round, this is a 2-year atelier program. The drawing courses can be completed in about a year, and the painting courses an additional year. Many of our students extend their enrollment for well beyond two years, for ongoing development and mentorship.